Archive for November 6th, 2022

06
Nov
22

SONGWRITER- ALEX BIRD & EWEN FARNCOMBE REVIEW BY JOHN EMMS

Nobody is willing to take chances with their music career.

But if you don’t take chances you don’t grow as a person and a musician. 

Alex Bird and Ewen Farncombe  offer up 11 new original compositions on their new album Songwriter and their growth is distinctive and expressive.

Nighttime Grooves and I’ve Seen The Sun are the straight up clear radio choices.

Both have a continuity and are easily melodic and that goes a long way on stage, radio and streaming.

Symphony of Love shows off the melancholy of Bird’s voice at the start before Farncombe’s left hand throws out clear note choices and a very hip solo leaving Bird to outro on an extended vocal note.

One of the smartest things on Songwriter is that most songs are between 2, 3 or 4 minutes.

The title track with it’s blues base shows off a playful groove that is immediately ear catching, while Raindrops (Falling Down) catches Farncombe’s prettiest chord choices and solo. 

It should be noted this is not a band album with the excellent other Jazz Mavericks but an album featuring the songwriting of Farncombe and Bird.

 

JOHN EMMS is a music journalist, musician, songwriter, former Juno Awards Judge and member of The Maple Blues nominating committee

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